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Dozens Of Oil Tankers Are Hovering Around Southern California Coast With Nowhere To Go


Chris White on April 24, 2020

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring a situation in which dozens of oil tanker vessels are floating around the Southern California coast as they wait to dock while the country wrestles with what to do with the current glut in crude.

Oil companies are storing excess supplies on giant vessels as the country and industry ponder how and where to offload the oil. There were 27 oil vessels churning up waters just off the Southwest Pacific coast Thursday, according to a press statement from the USCG.

“Due to the unique nature of this situation, the Coast Guard is constantly evaluating and adapting our procedures to ensure the safety of the vessels at anchor and the protection of the surrounding environment,” Cmdr. Marshall Newberry said in the statement.

Newberry is managing the traffic jam from Los Angeles, California.

He added: “Coast Guard watchstanders, in partnership with the Marine Exchange of Southern California, are closely monitoring each anchorage to manage the increased number of tank vessels we’re seeing off the California coast.”

The Coast Guard is responsible for maritime safety, security and the environmental conditions of the country’s ports and waterways.


The traffic jam came as the oil industry faces serious headwinds as consumer demand for crude fell off a cliff after U.S. officials enacted economic lockdowns to slow the spread of coronavirus, which originated in China and is reportedly responsible for more than 150,000 deaths worldwide. Oil prices fell below zero Wednesday as producers struggle to give away their oil.

Saudi Arabia, Russia and other oil-producing nations’ intent to continue producing despite shrinking demand played a part in the calamity. President Donald Trump played a role in getting Russia and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to drop output, bringing production to 9.7 million barrels a day. But the deal is unlikely to show results for another month, experts said.

The U.S. Coast Guard has not replied to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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  1. Matt April 25, 2020

    The current glut in oil is not completely making it’s way to the price of gas at the pump. The lowest I have seen it at one station in our area is $1.50 per gallon. The majority of the stations are at $1.60 to $1.70 per gallon. With just a little calculation of oil vs gas pricing you will find that gas should be well below $1 per gallon. Probably around $.80. But the industry has become addicted to the higher prices and we will probably never see the real and fair price for a gallon of gas.

  2. bruce kunde April 25, 2020

    Taking in to account Transportation and Refining I still wonder why the pump price has not gone too much?

  3. Recce1 April 25, 2020

    When will we see the 25 cents per gallon for gasoline I once saw in a Louisiana gas war in the 60s? 🙂

  4. Al Wood April 26, 2020

    Not affecting us in California, just paid $3.05 a gallon yesterday.

  5. Dave April 27, 2020

    The United States is a MAJOR oil producer, and the money wealthy countries want to buy us out. We CAN’T allow this to happen.

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